The development of French textile companies increasingly relies on their ability to innovate processes and products.
The UIT acts in favor of :
• efficient tax credits adapted to company size (Fashion Collection Tax Credit, Research Tax Credit, Innovation Tax Credit),
• durable activities at the Institut Français du Textile-habillement (IFTH) (French Clothing and Textile Institute),
• promoting public financial aid dedicated to innovation (BPI France),
• developing activities in textile competitivity centers (Techtera, Up-tex, Energivie),
• French companies’ participation in European RDI (research and development initiatives) programs in the context of the “Horizon 2020” program,
• spreading in France’s regions the opportunities offered by the “Textiles techniques et intelligents” (technical and intelligent textiles) plan.
Since 2014, the UIT has overseen the Théophile Legrand Prize which each year honors :
• a textile innovation that serves the industry
• a textile innovation that serves humanity.
note Isabelle Vallée of OSEO’s synthesis on innovation in textile-clothing companies for 2013
Press release of BPI on the call for projects “New textile processes and new textiles uses”